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Musings of a curious individual

Southampton Shipwatch 34: Silver Cloud.

I have been patiently waiting for Silver Cloud to return to Southampton for quite some time. She did call here on the 9th of June, but I was working on that particular day and by the time I got finished all I saw was a feint white shape already past Town Quay.

Unfortunately she was an early morning arrival this morning, so by the time I got there she was almost alongside. Not even the sun was awake yet, although the seagulls were noisily doing seagull things. 

She berthed up at City Terminal, and is due to sail at 18H00 this afternoon which is when I will get other pics of her. But this morning, the pinkish/orange light made her look really good.

She is the second Silverseas vessel in Southampton this season, Silver Whisper was here in May, but this one is new to me. Her next port of call is St Malo, as part of a 12 day voyage to Monaco from Southampton.

By 10H30 the sky was looking grim, and it did offset her white hull quite well, but it did not auger well for her sailing at 18H00.
I was down at the harbour by 17H00 to watch the sailing of Suomigracht behind her, and I moved to Mayflower Park after she was gone. By then the white hull was starting to become less visible by the minute as the weather closed in. 

 

She did have a tug at her stern and without even a whistle she moved at the appointed time.

 

Unfortunately the mini harbour they are erecting at Mayflower Park really messes with the photography, but the birds seem to enjoy it a lot.

And then she was past, rapidly disappearing into the mist and drizzle. I did shoot a bit of video and it is available on my YouTube channel. She is a small intimate ship in the high end of the market, and her sister: Silver Wind, is a regular caller in South Africa. But I think her prices are way out of reach for South Africans anyway..

 

At this point I think she really looks like her name. A Cloud heading into the clouds.
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